I haven’t written anything in a while just because I’m lazy, not because I’m busy or anything… because I’m not. At all. Also because I don’t know how to write. Even though I went to school to learn how to write and spent thousands of dollars after it – clearly I didn’t learn anything and it was just a waste of time and money just like the rest of my life.
I thought I should start writing again because my shrink said I should. And I thought food would be the perfect topic to restart because I was told for the time being I should stay away from topics that will make my blood boil. So yes Disney World finally happened for me and it was the best 12 days of my life. I’ll write about the parks another day. Today let’s focus on food because there’s nothing more important in this world than food.
We went with the quick service/counter service dining plan because a) it’s cheaper, b) with counter service restaurants you don’t have to make any reservation, c) its cheaper and I like that. I’ll mostly focus on counter service restaurants because that’s where I ate. Plenty of places to eat at Magic Kingdom. There are places that you don’t want to miss and of course there are places that you want to avoid!
Would you believe even though I had never been to Disney World before, I did enough research to be able to make specific park based itinerary on excel to only focus on where to eat and what to eat? You should, because I have mild OCD. Here’s the summarized version of my dining itinerary for Magic Kingdom. These restaurants were my first preference. Do notice how it’s color coded following the exact color codes that Disney World has in the map of Magic Kingdom. I got laughed at for this but hey I think it’s pretty cool and you won’t believe how much time and misery it saved us. Be nice to your list making, color coding friends.
Mainstreet USA –
There’s a few sit down restaurants like Tony’s Town Square, Plaza Restaurant and Crustal Palace. If you’re on a tight budget but want decent food, hold on to your money and move on to the next section of the park.
- The Plaza Restaurant – Table service
- Crystal Palace – Table Service (character buffet)
- Tony’s Town Square Restaurant – Table service
- Casey’s Corner – Hot dogs and fries
- Main Street Bakery – Baked goods, cookies, pastries, cakes)
- Plaza Ice Cream Parlor – Ice cream
Chocolate cake – Main Street Bakery
According to my ‘research’, Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom is one of the favorite stop for many Disney bloggers and readers. And I found out why is that – because it’s awesome! When I was there they didn’t serve Starbucks drinks and food but now you’ll get it all here along with delicious Disney “home made” treats! You must have dessert at the Main Street Bakery! And that’s the only thing you should have at Mainstreet USA – dessert.
The pinkest section of Magic Kingdom. This also makes it the busiest section of Magic Kingdom. It’s based on Disney classics so this place is always crowded! Eating at Fantasyland could be a little tricky and hectic because it’s always very busy. There are more choices to eat at Fantasyland compared to other sections.
- Be Our Guest Restaurant – Counter Service at lunch, Table Service at dinner
- Cinderella’s Royal Table – Table Service
- Gaston’s Tavern – Counter Service
- Pinocchio Village Haus – Counter Service
- Storybook Treats – Snacks
- Cheshire Cafe – Juices
Cinderella’s Royal Table has always been the most popular table service restaurant of Magic Kingdom because let’s face it, Cinderella’s castle is awesome and everyone wants to be there. Be Our Guest restaurant, based on Disney classic Beauty and the Beast is a comparatively new table service restaurant so expect huge, huge line up and long waiting period. It has a stunning ballroom though, very fancy. Gaston’s Tavern on the other hand is very refreshing! Roasted pork shank, cinnamon roll, chocolate croissant and all that could be found here. The restaurant’s signature drink is LeFou’s Brew. It’s a blend of frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow, topped with all natural fruit foam in a souvenir goblet. Pinocchio Village Haus has pizza and wraps. I had high hopes for Pinocchio Village Haus but it was pretty disappointing, the pizza sucked! Storybook Treats is a great place to grab a cool snack – ice cream or a milk shake anyone? Cheshire Café serves lemonade slushes, strawberry swirls, and juices.
Peperoni pizza – Pinocchio Village Haus
BBQ chicken pizza – Pinocchio Village Haus
I liked eating at Tomorrwland at Magic Kingdom because this is where I spent most of the time. Astro Orbiter, Buzz Lightyear’s Spin, Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, Space Mountain everything fun is right at Tomorrowland. Places to eat? Not too many.
- Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies – Snacks
- Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station – Counter service
- Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe – Counter service
Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies serves ice cream and smoothies, not bad for a quick snack. For Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station the official party line is that this restaurant is open seasonally, but the truth is that it’s rarely ever open. It has a great view of Cinderella’s Castle and is a good spot to watch the wishes fireworks. At Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is the place for you to eat. Servers soup, salad, burger, and chicken and is pretty good!
Roasted chicken – Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe
Not too many options here.
- Golden Oak Outpost – Counter service
- Pecos Bill Cafe – Counter service
Golden Oak Outpost serves freshly made (usually) chicken sandwiches, nuggets, chicken BLT, flatbread etc. The line can get hectic here though. It’s located on the backside of Frontierland on the walkway to Adventureland. Pecos Bill Cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating. The Western theme fits right in with its Frontierland location. The pulled pork sandwich and fries are very good here. Tables are attached together and finding a place to sit can be a challenge! It’s located right next to Splash Mountain so it’s always busy. The topping bar makes this restaurant stand out from other counter-service restaurants. Plenty of condiments to personalize your burger. Don’t expect too much though, it is after all a burger place.
Personalized burger – Pecos Bill Cafe
This part jungle part tropical island section of Magic Kingdom has mainly snack locations that are good.
- Tortuga Tavern – Counter service
- Sunshine Tree Terrace – Snacks
- Aloha Isle – Snacks
Tortuga Tavern serves Mexican cuisine – beef nachos, burrito, ceasar salad, taco salad and vegetarian burritos. The food here is pretty awful. How the taco salad works is basically they give you a tortilla shell, a scoop of pre-cooked taco meat and a package of cream cheese and you go to the condiment area and fix it up the way you want it. I’d say skip! Now the Sunshine Tree Terrace is a pretty cool place for snacks. It features citrus specialties, such as orange slush, citrus swirl, raspberry slush, juice. It also serves iced cappuccino, espresso, chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. Aloha Isle is also good for a quick snack. The dole whip of Aloha Isle is very popular. In addition to the dole whip they also offer chocolate and vanilla soft serve ice cream.
Liberty Square –
Two locations to eat at Liberty Square with counter service dining plan.
- Sleepy Hollow – Snacks
- Columbia Harbour House – Counter service
Sleepy Hollow has some outdoor seating. They serve pastries caramel corn, funnel cake, waffle desserts and waffle sandwiches, cappuccino, espresso, soft drinks and soft serve ice cream. Their funnel cake is amazing! It’s a good place to catch a break in a Liberty Square.The Columbia Harbour House is a spacious restaurant that focuses on seafood. This is my favorite place to eat at Magic Kingdom. It has unique food options compared to other places and it’s right across from the Haunted Mansion. It’s a reliable and a nice change of pace from burgers. We had the shrimp basket and it was delicious. There are plenty of tables so you’ll find a place to sit down for sure.
Shrimp basket – Columbia Harbour House
I hope this helps a fellow planner freak in a small way. I’ll try to write about the other parks or something else another time…something that won’t make my blood boil.
Thank you for reading this.